Why hello there. If we have been friends over on the “gram”, Instagram that is, you may have seen that my hot hubby, Jer and I just walked hundreds of miles through London and the English Countryside. If we are just now being introduced to one another. Hello. My name is Monique and like I said above, Jer (also know as Jeremiah) and I just took a wild adventure and I was blown away at the response it got from my friends on social media. I’m not sure if it was the trip itself, or the fact that Jer and I aren’t the typical “throw on a backpack and venture out into the wild” type of people. Whatever it was that intrigued people, I’m glad it did. This trip ignited something inside of me. I walked into the English Countryside one way, and I walked out another. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing many of the life lessons I learned, but until then, let’s get some of the most asked questions answered that have been coming our way regarding this trip. You ready?
The first question. What made you decide to walk the English Countryside? It started like any normal day. Get up, get ready, go about my day, and finally, read a new book. I will go ahead and fess up; it had been a rough year. Let’s save all that drama for another discussion, however that played into the book I was currently diving into. Rest, that was the title of the book. I had zero clue a little paperback book was about to set me, (ummmm, me and Jer), off on the most amazing adventure. Be careful what books you read y’all. You have no clue what it’s going to inspire you to do.
I know what you are thinking. Rest, how does a book on rest bring one to walk hundreds of miles through the English Countryside? Shouldn’t Jer and I take off on an adventure of napping on a lounge chair in the middle of a tropical paradise somewhere? Now THAT sounds like rest. Oh, we were slap dab in the middle of that attempt. We were in Cabo, Mexico and gaining zero ground in the rest department. I sat in a lounge chair reading, and thinking, and mentally feeling exhausted. The quietness only amplified the voices in my head that were shouting so insanely loud. I came back from that trip wondering if the time away did more harm than good. My body may have had a break, but my mind still felt pretty beat up and depleted.
One evening, while walking on the beach in Cabo as the sun was setting, I shared with Jer bits and pieces from this book Rest. One topic that fascinated me, was finding rest through walking. What I was more interested in, was the fact that walking helped boost creativity. If you like data and facts, oh boy, this book is for you. The author makes sure you have plenty of stories to back the points being made. Extremely long story short, and not to spoil the book for those who want to read it, there were so many examples of highly creative individuals who walked daily. Walking seemed to clear their minds and bring clarity. I was intrigued.
I came home from this trip even more desperate than when I left. Lord, come on, help a sister out here. I am a highly creative individual, I am a visionary, I am a dreamer, and I legit have no clue what my deal is right now. I mean, am I going through mid-life crisis? Is this perimenopause? I just felt stuck in a rut. To give myself a little sliver of grace, both my girls had just got married and both birthed babies. (Which hello, best thing ever.) Jer and I were empty nesters and grandparents in the blink of an eye. We sold our house we loved and moved out to our land. Jer got crazy sick and was in the hospital for eight days with Covid and I couldn’t be with him. The icing on the cake, I made a massive career move and let’s just say, it unleashed hell’s inferno for a hot second. (No pun intended.) So, in my defense, I had a few major life changes to throw me off my game a bit.
I’m not one to wallow in self-pity, which I felt I had for a year, so it was time to do something about it. If sitting my bootie on a lounge chair wasn’t going to work, it was time to give the walking a try. Because I have zero clue how to do something small or halfway in life, I began researching long track walking adventures. The year I had, I needed to walk the length of a country, not down to our mailbox and back.
I’m not sure the fateful day, but while searching the internet, I found a walk called the Cotswold Way Walk, and I was sold. We were doing it. No questions asked. Usually, I have to drag Jer along on my crazy hair-brained ideas, but something weird happened, he was excited about this adventure. What in the world was happening? Ok then. We ready, fire, aimed it. This translates into, we had zero clue what we were doing. We had no training, no gear, (did you need gear), but we bought flights and would figure it out along the way.
This is how the adventure of walking the English Countryside began.
A pretty intense year.
Couldn’t get my act together.
Read a book.
Went on a trip.
Found zero rest.
Wild idea of giving walking a try.
Tap around on the internet for a second.
BAM, found ourselves in the middle of meadows, forests, and fields of sheep.
Pretty epic, right? Oh, and the most important thing, REST. PEACE. CLARITY. HEALING. JOY. PASSION RESTORED. That’s how this amazing journey came about. I can’t wait to share more with you. How we planned it. What was so life changing. What gear you need. What we saw along the way. What future trips we have planned. There is so much to discuss. You better buckle up, or should I say lace up, (see what I did there, get it, shoelaces), we have a ton of adventuring to do together. I hope you are excited and most of all, I hope this inspires you to get out there at take your own personal adventure.
Ok, next post coming at you very soon. Be watching. It’s time to answer our most asked question. How did you plan and book this trip? We will share all the details, just you wait. Before we part ways, I would love to know, is walking the English Countryside something you would be interested in doing? If so, what seems so intriguing about it? If not, no judging here, but what keeps you from taking this type of adventure? I enjoy being a little nosy, so thanks for sharing. Alright, that’s all for now. It’s been so fun chatting with you. Keeping fingers crossed we become the very best of friends over here.